Zima, V.F. Books1999 0-7734-3184-5
For the first time the causes, the gigantic scale and the consequences of the 1946-47 famine are revealed. This very first monograph is devoted to the completely unexplored famine and the author bases this study on previously unavailable materials from the state and party archives--secret documents, correspondence, memoirs and books and papers on this top secret topic. The important decrees, resolutions and orders signed by J. Stalin, V. Molotov, N. Shvernik and other officials are chronologically analyzed. The influences of war, drought, state purchases, tax campaigns and other economic sanctions are addressed and the staggering losses in population caused by famine and illness are analyzed. The author, a member of the Institute of Russian History, is the world’s leading specialist on the subject.